From March 24, 2021, edition of UVA Inside A&S:
New Co-Directors Appointed for College Fellows Program.
The College Fellows program — the cohort of faculty who design and teach Engagements courses for the College's curriculum — will have a new pair of co-directors this fall.
Janet Spittler, associate professor of religious studies, and James Coan, professor of clinical psychology and director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, will officially begin their three-year terms as co-directors in August. They are following the program's inaugural co-directors, Sarah Betzer, associate professor of art history, and Chad Wellmon, professor of German studies, who have led the program since its launch in 2016.
In addition to their impressive scholarly and teaching experience, Spittler and Coan have both already contributed to the College Fellows program in significant ways. Spittler was in the first cohort of College Fellows and also served in the Program as interim co-director for the 2018-19 academic year, working in tandem with Wellmon to provide leadership while Betzer was on leave.
Coan’s Empirical & Scientific Engagements course for first-year students explores how — at the level of brain function — people soothe each other’s fears and anxieties. The class is highly regarded by students and was the subject of a recent A&S Magazine feature story.